It's the first time in 22 years that the Gunners will miss the biggest continental competition, further ramping up pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
From Argentina to Scotland, by way of England, Spain, Italy, Germany and every other league that matters, here's where things stand.
If this was Arsene Wenger’s final time facing Jose Mourinho, as it very well might have been, he at least ended one of the game’s biggest managerial rivalries with the last laugh. In their 13th matchup, Wenger improved his record to a win, seven ties and five losses. Thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka
If Chelsea beats 19th-placed Middlesbrough on Monday, the Blues will have a seven-point lead with three games to play
FIFA overturned the ban. The three games remaining on Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s international suspension have been vacated, FIFA announced on Friday. The four-game suspension in all international games had been imposed by FIFA, just hours before Argentina was to face Bolivia
Neymar, if convicted, would probably get a suspended sentence. Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar is currently free on $3.7 million bail. On Thursday, a Spanish court decided that the criminal case against him, his parents and Barcelona should proceed.